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FX, CBS seeing Spotnitz

'IQ' pickup no-brainer for Eye net

Former “X-Files” showrunner Frank Spotnitz is looking to bring both law and order to primetime, setting up a crime drama at CBS and a legal franchise for FX.

Eye has snapped up “IQ,” a mystery-skein-with-a-twist Spotnitz will write and exec produce via Sony Pictures Television. Spotnitz has also pacted with novelist Brad Meltzer and D.C. insider Steve “Scoop” Cohen on tentatively titled FX hour “The 13th Floor.”

Latter project is “really out there,” Spotnitz said. Skein would center on a lawyer who serves as an advocate for dead people who believe they’ve been wrongly condemned to hell.

“You can tell all sorts of stories about sin and redemption, and the times when you think nobody’s watching you,” he said. “It’s a really fun canvas to work on.”

Cohen and Meltzer, who are also exec producing the WB drama pilot “Jack & Bobby,” came up with the idea for “The 13th Floor” and will work with Spotnitz on the pilot story. FX is developing a script internally; no studio is yet attached.

Spotnitz is also writing and directing a remake of feature “The Star Chamber” for FX (Daily Variety, Aug. 7).

As for “IQ,” Spotnitz said the pilot script “centers on a character with a fascinating mind that’s not like any other. It’s a murder mystery show, but in the old-fashioned sense. I was really influenced growing up on shows like ‘Columbo,’ and this show is a great puzzle mystery with a strong central character.”

Acceding to the Eye’s desire to keep a tight lid on development details, Spotnitz wouldn’t go into great detail about “IQ,” which has a premium script commitment from the net. He did say, however, that the skein, if greenlit, “will have a really strong visual signature I’ve never seen anywhere.”

Spotnitz spent last season exec producing the Eye/Sony crime drama “Robbery Homicide Division,” which drew some rave reviews but had trouble finding an aud opposite NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU.”

Both “IQ” and “The 13th Floor” were packaged by Endeavor, which reps Spotnitz, Cohen and Meltzer.